January 11, 2010
Tibet: Foreigners Urged to See Myth of Religious Independence
Below is an article published by Press Trust of India
Dalai Lama has appealed to foreigners to visit Tibet and see for themselves that the ancient land has no religious independence under Beijing’s administration while he is forced to suffer the pain of life as a refugee
The Dalai Lama today [11 January] alleged that Tibet has no religious independence and appealed to foreigners, who assembled here to listen to his discourse, to visit the place and witness the situation.
"There is no religious independence in Tibet and that is why I am still suffering the pain of being a refugee," the Tibetan spiritual leader said at the concluding session of his five-day discourse to foreigners held at the Kalchakra maidan here.
Referring to BJP leader L K Advani's statement on the occasion that India is strong and independent because it maintains its secular principles, he asked his disciples, including Hollywood megastar Richard Gere, to visit Tibet and see the situation personally.
The religious discourse was organized on the occasion of the seven-day Geluk Monlam Puja at Mahabodhi Mahavihara, which ended this afternoon.